With only a few days in Kauai we were disappointed we didn’t dedicate more time to this beautiful and remote island. I had to return back to Australia for work and Luke was eager to head back to Oahu for a huge swell hitting the North Shore (and fair enough, this was the swell where he shot a series of iconic surf images that landed him the cover of Surfing World with a 14 page feature spread inside!).
After our last 11 hour hike in Norway to Trolltunga or our midnight hikes up the side of a volcano in Stromboli, we were wishing we had a few days to spare to spend hiking the Na Pali Coast properly and camping along it overnight to make it to the final destination, Kalalau Beach, that can only be accessed by foot making it quite a long and dangerous venture.
We only had one day to explore the Kalalau Trail, so without enough time to hike into its depths to Hanakapiai Falls or make it to Kalalau Beach we spent it walking for 45 minutes (or a 2 hour round trip) along the its rugged and scenic coastline, which ended with lunch down by a lush river valley at Hanakapi’ai Beach.
As we were visiting in winter the swell and oceans currents were incredibly dangerous along this coastline. We saw a few people swimming at Beach and everyone watching feared for their safety, so I would highly recommend being smart about swimming in these waters during winter as the beach isn’t patrolled and it’s not worth the risk for a quick cool down after your hike – just use your water bottle instead.
These are a mix of photos from our hike along the Na Pali Coast and ariel shots from our helicopter ride above it.
Photographer: Luke Shadbolt